September 24, 2017

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The Lost Art of Compromise – April 2015
Compromise has always been a part of the fabric of our nation’s history. The ability to “meet the other guy halfway” is part of what made us who we are as a nation, and lately, it seems that as a nation, we’re starting to lose the value in that art of compromise. At The Latimer Group, we believe communication is, in fact, a two-way street, not a contest in which “he who yells loudest wins.” We work with our clients not only on the speaking side of communication, but also the often-overlooked “other side.” The side of listening, of respecting the other side of the conversation… the side of compromise.
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Global Communication and the 3 Things Every Audience Needs – October 2014
There can be many communication nuances that come into play with a global business audience. Subtleties like word choice, sentence structure, use of colloquialisms, and how you physically present yourself can all come into play. But some things are universal. People are busy the world over, and all of them seek those three key ingredients in their communication: Clarity, Brevity, and Context. Provide them to the people you do business with, and you’ll make an impression, regardless of where in the world they’re located.
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The LeBron James Homecoming – July 2014
In the latest edition of our Soundwaves podcast, we offer some additional thoughts on the July 10, 2014 announcement by LeBron James that he’ll be returning to his home town of Cleveland to play with the Cavaliers once again. Rare is the occasion when a celebrity — especially such a high-profile one as LeBron — makes a statement that’s humble, honest, and authentic.
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The Importance of Getting to the Point Quickly – June 2014
In 21st Century business, time is in increasingly high demand and short supply. So as we think about our communication, it’s important for us to identify our main idea, and lead our communication with it. Traditional storytelling occurs with a “slow build/big payoff” approach, but in business communication, we don’t get extra credit for keeping our audience in suspense.
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5 Things You’ll Never Regret About Your Business Communications – May 2014
Few things are absolutes in business communications; however there are five things that you will never, ever hear in the workplace. Embedded in these five things are the keys to delivering consistently effective communications without regret. In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner reveals the five obvious yet overlooked secrets that hide in plain sight.
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5 Keys to Being a Great Storyteller – March 2014
Great stories and great storytellers are remembered. Even in the workplace, the most effective communication is built around one’s ability to craft and present a memorable story. In this edition of Soundwaves, Dean Brenner gives you five ideas to help you build and tell great stories, which in turn will help you sell your ideas and influence those around you.
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Followership is NOT a Bad Word – January 2014
We live in a society that is obsessed with leadership. Everyone wants to be thought of as a leader, and in many organizations, one of the worst ways to be branded is as a “follower.” In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner turns conventional wisdom on its head and invites you to challenge your assumptions. What does it means to be a good follower? When you consider what it means, followership takes on a whole new meaning defined by confidence, courage, collaboration and respect – all good things which leaders should aspire to.
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Introducing World-Class Followership – December 2013
As December wraps up with the holidays, we want to thank all of our clients and friends that made 2013 a wonderful year for all of us at The Latimer Group. We also want to share an exciting announcement. Beginning in January, we are adding a new dimension to our Skill Development Workshops with new programs in World-Class Followership.

No one leads all the time. In fact, the majority of people spend the majority of their time in supportive roles. Sure, it is essential to know how speak and present when we have the opportunity to lead. But far more often the skills we need to be effective on a daily basis are listening well and knowing how to follow someone else’s lead. In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean M. Brenner introduces the concept of followership and sets the stage for what’s to come in the New Year.
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How to Give a Great Toast – November 2013
We’ve all been to weddings, engagements, or other events where we heard (or maybe even made) a toast that didn’t go too well. In this edition of Soundwaves, Dean offers some very easy speaking tips you can use to make sure things go smoothly the next time you’re called upon to toast a happy couple, or other celebrated friend or colleague.
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The Lost Art of Listening – October 2013
At The Latimer Group, we believe that good communication is more than merely delivering a powerful or persuasive message. Indeed, being a good listener is equally important in being a good communicator. In this edition of the Soundwaves podcast, Dean Brenner emphasizes the importance of being a better listener, and the role listening plays in leadership, respect, and business in the 21st century.
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How to Sound More Confident During Q & A – October 2013
When you’re scheduled to speak, give a business presentation, or lead a meeting, there’s a “scripted” portion of your talk that you can prepare for. But what about the post-meeting Q&A session? Very often during those unscripted moments, Q&A can sometimes leave you feeling defensive or nervous. In this edition of the Soundwaves podcast we’ll discuss five things you can do to be more confident and collaborative with your teammates the next time you present or lead a meeting.
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Don’t be a Bore – September 2013
Most people open new business meetings the same way – by leading with their CV, experience, and bona fides. This is boring, it is not unique and it is a mistake. In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner discusses a simple, but much more powerful and engaging method for leading off a meeting with someone you are just getting to know.
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Are You Working Too Hard, Or Not Hard Enough? – August 2013
In some professions, we’re scrutinized, reviewed, and held accountable more often than in others. In those industries where urgency is high, we sometimes have to remember to step away and recharge our internal batteries, while in other less urgent professions, it’s important for us to keep our feet on the gas to avoid getting too comfortable and too complacent. . In the August 2013 edition of Soundwaves, Dean reminds us to maintain that balance knowing when to “throttle up” in the workplace, and when to “throttle back.”
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Leadership Lessons Can Come from Anywhere – July 2013
Drawing comparisons between our personal lives and professional lives can offer unexpected insights about leadership. In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner finds parallels between being a father of an inquisitive three-year-old and succeeding in the workplace. The take-away is two critical things every good leader and good colleague must do.
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Three Super-Simple Skills to Make You a Better Communicator – May 2013
Spring is usually our busiest time of year with client work, and this year is no exception. During our “busy season,” we tend to see certain communication trends arise time after time, that constantly need our attention and feedback as coaches. In this podcast, we offer three very simple — yet SO often overlooked — communication skills that you can work on TODAY that will make you a stronger, more effective leader and communicator.
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Soundwaves Interviews: Molly Vandemoer – April 2013
In this episode of Soundwaves, Dean Brenner speaks with US Olympic sailor Molly Vandemoer. Molly and her team were ranked #1 in the world in the months leading up to the 2012 Games, and they’re a consistently dominant team in their event. In this interview, Molly shares some of her insight on teamwork, and how a strong team dynamic is crucial to any team’s success.
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The Simplest Form of Respect – March 2013
In an increasingly global-minded business world, care in communication is crucial in cultivating strong relationships. In this episode of Soundwaves, Dean offers one simple thing you can do to ensure that each new business relationship you create gets off on the right foot.
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Bridging Generational Gaps – February 2013
Building alignment among the various members of a team is hard, under any circumstances. But the more diverse that group is, the harder it will be. Diversity caused by geography, culture, goals, or level of commitment can make the leader’s job remarkably more difficult. In this edition of SoundWaves, Dean Brenner adds generational diversity to the list of things that a leader must balance.
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The Greatest Leadership Challenge – January 2013
One of the hardest things to do as a leader is to remain outwardly positive when your team or organization is performing poorly. Drawing on insights from his experiences as Team Leader for the 2012 US Olympic Sailing Team, Dean shares some thoughts on both the importance of staying positive, and three specific ways you can be a good, positive leader when the team is not at its best.
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Four Simple Strategies for Persuasion – January 2013
Dean offers four simple strategies to increase your ability to communicate persuasively.
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In some professions, we’re scrutinized, reviewed, and held accountable more often than in others. In those industries where urgency is high, we sometimes have to remember to step away and recharge our internal batteries, while in other less urgent professions, it’s important for us to keep our feet on the gas to avoid getting too comfortable and too complacent. . In the August 2013 edition of Soundwaves, Dean reminds us to maintain that balance knowing when to “throttle up” in the workplace, and when to “throttle back.”